portrait of Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen

Client Services Coordinator

thu4nguyen@gmail.com

Marketing

Graduated in 2014


Explain your career path

My position primarily consists of designing websites and mobile apps. I work in the travel department of an incentive-based technology company. A day in the office can be 8 hours of coding, answering phones and preparing direct marketing materials. A day on site when traveling can consist of 15 hours of delivering gifts, checking people into a hotel, chaperoning on an excursion, and working awards ceremonies.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

My teachers in high school and participation in DECA ultimately led to me having a meeting with Dr. John Cherry prior to registration. Dr. Cherry raved about how DECA and study abroad was the perfect fit for me. I went into school declaring a BSBA in Marketing and graduated with the same degree.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

I visited a few campuses and had a few scholarships, but SEMO had a homey feel. I instantly felt like I could belong on the campus and be a part of something bigger than myself.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

I spent hours on end in the College of Business. I am so grateful for all of the professors who pushed me along the way.
Dr. John Cherry and Dr. Sandy Sen had two of the biggest influences on me. They constantly challenged and motivated me every step of the way. I wouldn't be half of the person I am now without the College of Business and leadership roles that they oversaw.

Share your best college memory.

One of my best college memories has to hands down be receiving a few awards through my sorority my senior year.
I was out of town for the day so I was going to skip out on the Formal. I showed up very late but everyone had waited to make sure I received the awards properly. I am so grateful for the support that I've had through college and even through today.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

It's important to do well in class, but get out and experience above anything. I was fortunate enough to jump head on into my sorority, clubs, intramurals, etc.

I firmly believe that taking the hour out of your day to hang out at Capaha Park or play catch in the yard is as important as making sure you're at your 8AM.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Accepting. Unpredictable. Relatable

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

One of my greatest professional accomplishments was taking on a larger client a few months into starting a new position at my company. I had little to no training but learned along the way and was able to push through and stick with the job. That led my boss to allow me to travel on an international program where I could be challenged a little more with another client and more personal tasks face-to-face.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

I believe that my time in the College of Business really put real world scenarios in front of me. I use Excel everyday. Those computer classes actually do count in the long run. My writing courses have been a huge asset towards my everyday job.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Don't be afraid to be different and speak your mind.
Reach out to mutual contacts, try a starter position that you don't think you'd be good at, or shadow someone. The industry is constantly changing but new, fresh minds are important to revamping how companies work today. Get your foot in the door, learn the process and make sure you add your spin on how things are done.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

You will not like every job you have but you should still try to excel at jobs you won't commit to forever.

Contact

573.651.2112
business@semo.edu
Dempster Hall 241
Harrison College of Business
One University Plaza, MS 5800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701